Nicoletta Manni and Osiel Gouneo in Excelsior. Music by Romualdo Marenco, edited by Fiorenzo Carpi and Bruno Nicolai, choreography by Ugo Dell´Ara. Dance Open 2017 Gala, shot 24.4.2017 in the Alexandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia.
Nicoletta Manni is currently prima ballerina with Teatro Alla Scala. Nicoletta was born 1991 in Galatina, Italy. A member of the La Scala Theatre Ballet since 2009, she was promoted to prima ballerina in April 2014. Manni began dancing as a small child, encouraged by her mother Anna De Matteis. When she was 12, she began training at the La Scala Theatre Ballet School, graduating in 2009. When she was 17, she joined the Berlin State Ballet but returned to La Scala four years later in 2013.
Osiel Gouneo is currently Principal Dancer with The Norwegian National Ballet and Guest Principal with English National Ballet. He was born 1990 in Matanzas, Cuba. Graduated from Cuban National Ballet School, Havana. Joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 2008 where he was appointed a Principal Dancer in 2011. Joined The Norwegian National Ballet, Joined English National Ballet as Principal Guest Artist for the 2015/16 season.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Dance Open, special thanks to Ekaterina Galanova and Kristina Proku.